Maridadi asks Mphoko, do you eat or sleep at night when you hear so much corruption in government?


This prompted Maridadi to ask why the government was recycling the same people when the country had a lot of qualified people.

“What pains me most is that Zimbabwe is endowed with people with skills?  Why do we recycle the same 21 permanent secretaries as if they are the only people who are called Zimbabweans?” he asked.  “For the life of myself, I cannot understand why Parliament has recommended that somebody should be fired but instead of being fired he has been put into a ministry where there are more revenue streams.”

Maridadi said Munodawafa should do the honourable thing and resign.

Transport Minister Joram Gumbo should resign too.

“If it were me running the show, I would expect the minister to come with the resignation of the permanent secretary,” he said. 

“He hands it over to the President and says Mr. President, here is the resignation letter from the permanent secretary and by the way, here is my resignation as well and they leave together.”

HON. MARIDADI:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  Let me start by saying here the vision and mission of the Auditor-General, the Auditor-General’s Office is a creation of this Parliament.  It says, “to examine, audit and report to Parliament on the management of public resources of Zimbabwe through committed and motivated staff with the aim of improving accountability and corporate governance.”

The reason I am reading this mission statement is that I am holding three books here.  One is of Appropriation, one is of State Enterprises and the other one is of local authorities for 2016 that have been tabled in this Parliament by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development.  What it means is that the Auditor-General is now up to date and for a very long time, the Auditor-General was four to five years behind and now she is up to date.  So she is living up to her mission and vision.

What I understand is that the first five year term of the Auditor-General is coming to an end and for me, we do not change a winning formula and we must not change a winning team.  The Auditor-General as it is, is a winning team and formula.  I would implore that the Auditor-General is given another five year term so that she continues with her good work – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – What I know, with the reports that the Auditor-General has submitted to this Parliament through the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, is that there is a lot of Hannah Hannah in the corridors of power to probably not renew her contract so that people are not audited.  I am going to put that aside but, borrowing from Hon. Nduna’s English, my clarion call is that the Auditor-General is given another five year term so that she continues with her good work.

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